Ranked eighteenth in size among the countries of the world, Iran is a vast country with a variable climate. From freezing winters in the west and northwest to hot summers in the south, each corner of the country has its particular weather condition. As a traveler, you would ask yourself when to visit Iran, it much depends on your personal taste about seasons and generally your trip intentions, you can travel to this beautiful country all year round. Let’s look at what’s going on in Iran month by month and when is the best time to visit Iran.

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Late November to February: Low season with subfreezing temperature

Snow is highly probable in Iran in December and particularly in Tehran, west, and northwest of the country. The snowfall usually lasts for few days, but the weather gets subfreezing in west and northwest including Tabriz but just relatively cold (fluctuating around zero) in the plateau where major tourist cities including Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz located. The rain is also highly probable. The days are short, and the sun sets around 5 pm. Passionate about skiing? It’s your time so! Winter is the best time to travel to Iran for those who like to enjoy winter exercises.

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Dizin Ski Resorts

Enjoy Iran in winter at Dizin Ski Resorts, Tehran, Iran

Winter is the season of an Iranian festival called Yaldā or Shab-e Chelleh (the winter solstice), usually on December 20, 21 or 22. Iranians – friends, and families- gather and celebrate this night by reading poetry (especially Hafez) and eating nuts, pomegranate, and watermelon. Yes! Watermelon in the winter in Iran! Read more about Persian customs here in another article: Persian Customs

Winter in Iran

Iran in winter, Feel The stunning view from the mountain in Iran

Fall and winter in Iran are the Low seasons of domestic trips and these seasons are the best time to travel to Iran for the true lovers of colorful nature in fall and snowy places in winter in Iran. There are no crowds in the tourist sites and all prices including Iran hotels, and Iran domestic flights are discounted. Iranians usually choose the beautiful beaches of southern islands including Kish and Gheshm as their winter destinations because of their pleasant climate during Iran winter.

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The disadvantage of the winter in Iran is not the low temperature or rainfall but is the air pollution in most of the metropolises especially in Tehran.

Winter in Iran

Skiing or snowboarding in Iran winter would be a great idea!

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Early March: The sun returns

The weather is slowly going to get warm. Nights still are cold but days have a pleasant temperature. Heavy rainfall is rare in March. For example, Isfahan’s maximum temperature on March 1, 2016, was 13 °C and it reached 18 °C in the middle of the March. These are great temperatures! Tourist sites still aren’t crowded, and Hotels are empty and cheap. So the early March until a week before the beginning of the Nowruz holidays could be a good time to visit Iran. you can get your Iran visa at ultimate ease with 1stQuest.

Late March to June: Best time to visit Iran

Nowruz, a new Persian year (two weeks starting 21st March) is on the way. People are getting ready to celebrate the beginning of the spring and of course for the holidays. Iranians shake their houses before the Nowrouz. Well, that’s the term is used for the new-year major cleaning or renovating of houses. Streets are getting busier, and people start shopping especially clothes for the new year. The weather getting extremely pleasant throughout the country and all families plan for their holidays ahead. All transportation services are tripled before and during Nowruz. All prices rise significantly, and tourist attractions get very busy. Forward planning is essential for this season. Traditional advice to foreign travelers is not to visit Iran during Nowruz because of the high prices and also busy tourist sites unless you intend to celebrate it too!

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Domestic traveling is significantly declining after Nowruz. Southern Iran is going to get hot, but in the other parts, the weather is still pleasant for two next months. Prices are getting lower than Nowruz and even lower in early June. Tourist sites are also not crowded.

So late March to early June is the very best time to visit Iran for the foreign tourists.

Also, check out this article: Tehran parks

Spring in Tehran, Mellat Park | Best Time to Visit Iran

Spring is the best time to travel to Iran

July to August: It’s so HOT!

The weather gets very hot during these months. It’s summer anyway! Walking and sightseeing could be very exhausting. The northwest of the country and also the coastal areas of the Caspian Sea are still mild during summer, and both are the main destinations of domestic travelers. Prices are low and it’s not the worst time, but if you can’t tolerate hot weather it is not the best time to visit Iran.

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Worst & Best time to Visit Iran

Walking and sightseeing in the summer could be very exhausting.

September to Early November: Temperature starts to drop

September and October are other great times to visit Iran. The rainfall is very rare, the temperature starts to drop, and the weather gets cooler especially in October and early November. The crowds aren’t too intense and almost disappear at the end of September because the school holidays finished. The prices are lower than in April and May. Public transportation including flight and train are easily found because there are almost a few non-business domestic travels in this period. Everything is ready to enjoy your trip. So this period is another best time to visit Iran. If you’re planning to visit Iran in 2019, check out the Discover Iran on Budget package: 8 days travel around Iran for a very cheap price.

Mellat park Tehran in Fall

Autumn is one of the best times to travel to Iran

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Travel to Iran during Religious Events

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims fast during this month. As it’s not a part of the Persian calendar, it shifts forward each year. Eating, drinking, and even smoking are forbidden in public from dawn until sunset. Since fasting is not obligatory for travelers, few restaurants serve travelers, and you can eat in private. In 2019, it lasts from 6th May to 3rd June. The streets are peaceful and quiet during Ramadan in Iran. It is true you are not likely to find restaurants open within the cities during the day, but the shopping centers and restaurants are lively and bustling in the evening when you can see the true nightlife of Iranians while tasting the unique cuisine available only during Ramadan.

Travel to Iran during the Remembrance of Muharram would be an exotic experience for tourists. In the first 10-day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, people usually participate in the anniversary of this religion mourning event. Muharram also shifts forward each year. In 2017, it lasts from 21th to 30th September.

Mourning of Muharram in Iran | Worst & Best Time to Visit Iran

Mourning of Muharram in Iran.


By Iman Barazandeh

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